The mean and ugly Emperor Cho Cho Shang orders that everything is to made opposite, with all things kind and decent to be deemed evil and all things evil deemed good, causing the people of China much distress, until a few brave souls defy the emperor and set things straight again.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Yiddish
Grade 4 Up?A newly illustrated edition of Singer's tale of a mean, ugly, ignorant emperor who, in order to deify himself, forces all of his subjects to follow his example of doing the opposite of what is true and decent. The earlier edition (HarperCollins, 1971; o.p.) was illustrated with line drawings by William Pene Du Bois. Jusim's full-color pictures are more ornate, and words and paintings are placed against a burnt-edged, parchmentlike background. The artist has decorated the text with vignettes that bring it to life. Tiny details adorn clothing, add personality to facial features and expressions, and exude irony and humor. Three of the six full-page pictures, all surrounded by the same brown-toned, surrealistic border, can be viewed upside down for a different look at the scene that suggests the author's true intent. This fable mirrors the history of China as well as the Hitler years in Eastern Europe as it teaches a lesson in human foolishness and tyrannical oppression. Paired with Lois Lowry's The Giver (Houghton, 1993) when using it with older audiences, it could provide an interesting tool for discussion.?Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH
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Book Description Farrar Straus & Giroux (J), 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110374376816
Book Description Farrar Straus & Giroux (J). Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0374376816 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1051053